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My role model

When I started my real estate business in 1980 I started seeing quick success but I also saw quick stress.  I had a grandmother that would always bring me down to earth and she gave me a peace that is hard to explain.  She knew nothing about deadlines, schedules, business plans etc.   Everything that came out of her mouth was about love and God.  She kept me grounded and I value the lessons she gave me.  I have missed her.

Over the last few years I have established a great bond with my nephew and we have a connection that is wonderful.  He just turned 13 this past Monday and I marvel at what he has brought to my life.  He reminds me so much of my dad.

He knows no stranger.  He says hi to everyone we meet and there is no one I know of that he won't strike up a conversation with.  When he was 7 years old he went to the bathroom at a restaurant.  When he didn't come back for a while by sister went looking for him.  She found him in the kitchen talking to the chef like an adult!  The chef loved him and invited him to come back!

I have never seen him down or depressed.  He always has a positive outlook and is always so very optimistic.   One can't help but feel good when you are around him. He lights up a room.

He forgives people.   Some family members have said some negative things about him in the past out of jealousy.  Even though they said hurtful things to him, he has never stopped loving them and has embraced them.

Try to tell him he can't do something and just watch him.  He will tackle any project and won't stop until he has figured it out.  When he was 10 years old he came over to my house and watched me attempt to put together a grill.  Without even reading the instructions he told me where everything went!  And I had read the instructions!

He is compassionate.  He cares so much about humanity and so much about people.  When he sees people hurting or in pain it touches his soul and I have seen him shed a tear when someone is hurt and he immediately wants to help.

I don't know too many adults that are like my nephew and I can honestly say he has taught me a lot about life and how to live it.  He has been my role model.

I am truly a blessed man.




 Posted By: George Tallabas - Boise Idaho Real Estate Agent - Associate Broker 
with RE/MAX Advantage, Canyon Counties #1 Brokerage in sales and listings
specializing in Boise Idaho Real Estate and Southwest Idaho Real Estate.

Native Idahoan and Boise Idaho Real Estate specialist serving Boise, Meridian Eagle, Nampa, Caldwell and the surrounding Treasure valley area of southwest Idaho. Specializing in residential, investment, land and commercial real estate. Search thousands of MLS listings at Boise Homes for sale and learn all about Idaho by visiting Search Idaho Homes

Comment balloon 23 commentsGeorge Tallabas • October 03 2007 10:34AM


Nice story! I have no children, but 2 nephews that we spoil the crap out of. Family is always the strongest bond.
Posted by Jason Schweiger, Loan Originator / Branch Manager NFLP (Network Funding LP) about 13 years ago
Thank you Jason.  I feel truly blessed.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 13 years ago


What a heart warming story, your love for your nephew is in every word.  I hope he stays that way even in Adult Life, and that you continue to have many many lessons learned from his behavior :) :)

Posted by Kathy McGraw, Riverside County CA Real Estate (CELLing Realty) about 13 years ago
Kathy - Thank you so very much. I have every reason to beleive he will remain this way because he is a rare human being that brings so much to this world!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 13 years ago
Family can really warm the heart.  on the other hand, family can really drive you crazy but it's better than not have any family at all.  Count your blessings!
Posted by David Slavin, CDPE, ABR, SRES Keller Williams Premier (Keller Williams Premier) about 13 years ago

David - I am a blessed man in so many ways and so very grateful.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 13 years ago
Wow, what a kid !! You are blessed, George.
Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) about 13 years ago
Missy - Thank you my friend.  I need to pinch myself to know if this is real!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 13 years ago
George - You ae so fortunate to have such a wonderful and close role model - I hope you shared your blog with him!
Posted by Eva Armstrong, Environmental Visions (Environmental Visions) about 13 years ago
It's little george!! What a great dad!! You certainly know how to bring out the best in everyone, including your son.
Posted by Tracy Santrock, Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge (Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. ) about 13 years ago

As I get older I tend to think that kids are the ones who have the greatest perspectives on life.  As a child I always thought that all adults had it together and that husband and wives always loved each other and did what was best for their spouse and children at all times.  I'm a wise 27 years old, and it's sad to see some of the adults I've met throughout my life.  I've seen way too many cases of infedelity and selfishness to last me a life time.  My wife and I don't have any kids yet, but I've been blessed with a bunch on nieces and nephews who always bring their bright and joyful attitudes everytime I see them. To them I say "THANK YOU"!

Posted by Delete Me Now Please about 13 years ago

Eva - Thank you and yes I emailed my sister this.  Have a great day

Tracy - Thank you so much. Actually, my nephew brings out the best in me and everyone around him!

Rob - Thanks for sharing and oh so very true.  Have a great day

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 13 years ago
George, what a nice story.  I agree with everyone are truly a blessed man.
Posted by Dianne Barody, Pensacola Florida Real Estate (Century 21 AmeriSouth Realty) about 13 years ago
George -  Looks like you have a very nice nephew. I am sure he is inspiring to his friends also. I am sure he also is looking up to you and gaining many of his attributes from you.
Posted by Chuck Dellorto, "Talk To Chuck" (Coldwell Banker - Serving INDIANA & ILLINOIS) about 13 years ago

Dianne - I am blessed and truly humbled....Thank You!

Chuck - You are all too kind.  I am the one that is blessed and so thankful


Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 13 years ago
George, this is such a sweet story. What an adorable nephew you have. He sounds like an old soul with an amazing maturity level. I'm sure that you are just as much of a role model to him as he is to you. Que amable el sobrino. Habla espanol, el?
Posted by . . (no thanks) about 13 years ago
Bridget - Thank you my dear friend.  Habla un poco de espanol pero tene un corazon de oro!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 13 years ago
George - Thank you for sharing such a nice story. I have heard you mention your nephew in our phone conversations and you definitely light up when you say his name. You are very fortunate to have a great bond with your nephew and even more so your nephew should be proud to have a wonderful Uncle like you! I wonder where he gets some of his personality? Hmmmmm?  Nice post.
Posted by Arizona Real Estate Associate Broker (MR Realty) about 13 years ago
Candace - Tahnk you very much.  Most the the traits my nephew has are from my dad.  My dad was awesome and I miss him greatly.  Have a great day.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 13 years ago
George, What a wonderful relationship you have with your nephew.  Some people go through life and never come across anyone like him.  You are blessed!
Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, NV. Lic BS.507 (Simply Vegas Real Estate) about 13 years ago

Roberta - Thank you so very much.  I am truly blessed beyond words

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 13 years ago

What a beautiful and touching tribute to your nephew.  How lucky you both are to have the relationship you have.


Posted by Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust! (Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions") about 13 years ago

Gary - Thank you very much...I am truly blessed and thankful to God for bringing my nephew into my life.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 13 years ago